What happens to ski bums when they grow up? In his essay collection The Monkey Wrench Dad,
Ken Wright provides his answer to this question. Wright has clearly
avoided living the unexamined life that Socrates cautioned against, and
his insights about his choices are sharp and witty. The Monkey Wrench Dad's many fine essays offer plenty of insights for everyone who seeks to combine parenting with wilderness adventure.
-- from NewWest.net
no mistake, this isn't a how-to book on parenting. This is more of a
where-to book on parenting that celebrates the places that have
provoked the thoughts and responses Wright seeks to see in his children
as they learn to explore and appreciate the natural world. It's in the
exposure to the larger world, Wright argues -- the sandstone nooks and
crannies or the alpine cirques and valleys where his children stop and
stare and wonder at the amazing world around them -- that a younger
generation will find the strength and wisdom they will need to face
future challenges, including taking on the stewardship skills necessary
to preserve those same unique places.
- from The Durango Herald
It's been over 30 years have passed since the publication of The Monkey Wrench Gang,
and nearly 20 since its author, Edward Abbey, died. The generation of
eco-warriors who were Abbey's contemporaries have passed on or are
fading fast. In the '70s and '80s, a second generation, inspired by
Abbey's books, took up the "monkey wrenching" cause and continued to
resist wilderness exploitation. But this next generation are now in
their middle years. Have they kept Abbey's flame of activism alive? Are
they still a voice for wilderness preservation? Or have they turned
their backs on the struggle and drifted into sedate, bourgeois lives?
And perhaps most importantly, are they passing the cause along to their
Ken Wright answers these questions in The Monkey Wrench Dad.
As the title implies, Wright, like many activists from his generation,
has managed to balance family and career with a continued defense of
wilderness. And, yes, he is definitely bringing his children into the
-- from Inside Outside Southwest
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